Singapore River Festival 2018 Brings Food, Games, Circus Acts, And A Chance To Win $15,000
This October and November, gear up for Singapore River Festival 2018 (SRF) as it kicks off its fourth edition that’s bound to be bigger and better.
Instead of just a weekend, the Singapore River Festival will stretch over a month this time, so visitors can enjoy the street bazaar, live performances as well as an aerial kite show.[caption id="attachment_37946" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Singapore River Facebook[/caption]
Your River, Your Vibe
Happening from 16 October to 11 November 2018 across all three quays – Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Boat Quay, SRF is bringing a larger dose of local goodness, with an exciting line-up of locally themed performances and activities.
Here are some of the events you can’t miss at the Singapore River Festival 2018:
1. LAH Bazaar
Kicking off the festival is LAH Bazaar – Singapore’s first ever riverside e-payment driven outdoor market.[caption id="attachment_37945" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Singapore River Festival[/caption]
LAH stands for “Local At Heart” or colloquially, “Long Zong Also Have” to reflect the heartland personality of the Bazaar.
Open throughout the festival period, on Tuesdays to Sundays, the outdoor marketplace boasts over 100 vendors and and activities selling all things uniquely Singaporean.
Feeling hungry? Take your pick from their range of F&B stalls. Choose from local favourites such as Ramly burger – perfect for any time of the day or the famous Taiwanese style blow torched beef cubes from Beef Bro SG.
Go cashless at this event as payment can be made with your EZ-Link cards! EZ-Link cards are available for purchase on-site, and cash top ups can be made via on-site top up stations.
Alternatively, you can top-up your cards via the EZ-Link mobile application and earn 8x Linkpoint when you tap and pay with your EZ-Link.
Venue: Across Clarke Quay
Date: 16 October – 11 November 2018
Time: 3pm – 10.30pm
2. SR Day Out
Held at the open field beside Fort Canning MRT, SR Day Out is a family friendly activity area with carnival games, bouncy castles and movie screenings so there’s something for everyone to look forward to.[caption id="attachment_37944" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image Credit: Singapore River Facebook[/caption]
Lay out your picnic mats and gear up for some outdoor fun as it’s a great place to spend time with your families, especially with the LAH Bazaar F&B options just right beside.
Be sure to look out for the Instagram-worthy photo booth projections on the building walls which will make any photographers squeal in delight!
SR Day Out
Venue: Open Field Beside Fort Canning MRT (beside Liang Court)
Date: Movie Screening: 26-27 Oct & 2-3 Nov
3. Sky Aquarium
Watch with awe as the Singapore skyline lights up once again!
The last festival weekend marks the return of the much-loved synchronised LED Kite display by Singaporean kite creators – GoFlyKite, which debuted at Singapore River Festival 2017.[caption id="attachment_37943" align="aligncenter" width="4000"] Image Credit: Singapore River Facebook[/caption]
Taking on a marine theme this year, watch as the LED kites drift through the sky elegantly to the music and be sure to whip your cameras out for a super Insta-worthy scene!
Venue: Boat Quay
Date: 2 – 3 November
Time: 7pm – 10pm
4. Riverfront Spectacular
Clarke Quay Central’s iconic promenade becomes the stage for stellar performances by Singaporean talents.
Look out for the jaw-dropping laser acts by Circus in Motion and “modern magic” performed by TK Jiang all against the backdrop of the Singapore River.[caption id="attachment_37942" align="aligncenter" width="1884"] Image Credit: Singapore River Facebook[/caption]
Mascots and Puppets by Streets of Singapore! and The Annoying Brothers will also add on to the colourful acts that are to come.
Venue: Clarke Quay Central
Date: 26-27 Oct & 2-3 Nov
Time: Fri: 6-10pm, Sat: 3-10pm
5. Master Brain at Singapore River Festival
Put your general knowledge to the test at Master Brain at Singapore River Festival. Pit yourself to a trivia game that will test both your memory and wits!
Held in partnership with live streaming platform BeLive, they are bringing the platform’s popular online streaming game – Master Brain, to the banks of Robertson Quay.
To play, you simply need to download the BeLive application on your mobile device and get ready to be tested on topics ranging from general knowledge, pop culture and local history across ten trivia rounds.[caption id="attachment_37940" align="aligncenter" width="2114"] Image Credit: BeLive[/caption]
From 26 – 27 October and 2 – 3 November 2018, each festival day will consist of 2 sessions of Master Brain games (7.00pm & 9.00pm). The Master Brain grand finales will be held on 3
November and participants can stand a chance to win a whopping $10,000 cash prize!
Here’s how you can stand a better chance at winning:
1. Look out for the Bonus Question. 1 out of 10 questions will be released at Robertson Walk earlier in the day so participants will have ample of time to search for the answer.
2. Invite a friend to earn an Extra Revive. This gives you an advantage to continue playing whenever you get a question wrong
3. Keep your eyes peeled for Hint Cards that will be given at site as a form of incentive.[caption id="attachment_37941" align="aligncenter" width="2108"] Image Credit: BeLive[/caption]
4. Alternatively, you can read our previous article on hacks to help you survive all 10 rounds of Master Brain!
BeLive Master Brain
Venue: Robertson Walk
Time: 7.00pm & 9.00pm
Date: 26 – 27 Oct & 2 – 3 Nov
The Singapore River Festival is back with more lights and riverside fun!
Head on down to the festival with your friends and family to explore the plethora of activities and events that will be happening this October and November.
Singapore River Festival 2018
When: 16 October – 11 November 2018
Where: Singapore River, across Boat, Clarke and Robertson Quay
This 7-Eleven At Boat Quay Doubles Up As A Bar – Serves Beer On Tap For $4.70
There’s no shortage of drinking spots in Singapore, but none are as iconic as the clarke/boat quay area.
Though it might lean towards the more expensive side of things (there are definitely cheaper places to get your drink on), tourists and locals alike still flock there every week. And if Zouk sets up shop in your backyard you must be doing something right.
The central location and high traffic make it the perfect place to set up a bar, so much so that even 7-Eleven have set up one of their own.
Well…kind of, at least.
It’s A Store And More
While 7-Eleven has always sold cans and bottles of alcohol, their outlet at 82 Boat Quay is home to a beer tap that serves up fresh pours for $4.70.[caption id="attachment_37113" align="alignnone" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37110" align="alignnone" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
This clearly isn’t a dabao situation either — an open-air seating area has ben set up opposite the convenience store, and a hand-drawn sign below the tap lists the various “munchies” that you can order alongside your drink.[caption id="attachment_37109" align="alignnone" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
There isn’t anyone tending the tap, so just head on inside, tell the cashier you want a beer (never thought I’d be ordering one at 7-Eleven), and he/she will head out to serve you.
Just because you could doesn’t mean you should, though, and as I watched the cashier-bartender hybrid pour my beer, one word kept running through my head:
Good Idea, Bad Execution
Turning a 7-Eleven into a makeshift bar might sound like a novel idea on paper, but it’s actually a lot less exciting in reality.[caption id="attachment_37112" align="alignnone" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
Firstly, the only brand on tap is Tiger Beer — not exactly the most exciting of choices — and the amount you get is pretty much equivalent to a standard 330ml can.
All 7-Eleven’s sell said can at $4.10, which means that you’re actually paying 60 cents more for the privilege to drink out of a plastic cup. And it doesn’t help that the surrounding restaurants and bars are serving drinks in actual mugs at pretty competitive prices (at happy hour, at least).[caption id="attachment_37111" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
If you can look past the #aesthetics of the fancy sign, you’ll also realise that the food on offer are the same things they’ve had in their ready-to-eat section for years.
Don’t get me wrong — I love me some Butter Chicken Briyani, but if the price and presentation remains unchanged, what’s stopping me from getting it from my neighbourhood outlet instead?
I can’t help but feel like more could be done to make the place feel a little more unique — I left with a bad taste in my mouth, and it wasn’t the beer.
I’m not sure who 7-Eleven was targeting with this half convenience store / half bar concept — CBD businessmen looking for a quick midday drink? Bored tertiary students who have nothing to do after their classes? Tourists who’d be reeled in by the novelty of it all?
I’ll probably never know, but what I do know is that it wasn’t me.
7-11 Boat Quay
Address: 82 Boat Quay, #01-02, Singapore 049870
Opening Hours: 24 Hours (alcohol available from 6am to 11:59pm)
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(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
Scares Not Appealing? Freaky Free Flow Friday Is Your Answer To A Super Chill Halloween Get-Together
Halloween. Everyone is getting into it. Local attractions, clubs and entertainment joints are pulling all the stops to celebrate their own Halloween parties. These spots offer boisterous Halloween activities, think scare actors dressed as ghouls and spine tingling art and music effects.
But if you’re looking for a quiet place to celebrate Halloween, look no further because Panorama: Riverside Lounge has exactly what you need![caption id="attachment_16661" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Panorama: Riverside Lounge[/caption]
Located on the third floor of a Boat Quay shophouse above its sister restaurant (Pasta Fresca Da Salvator). Panorama: Riverside Lounge has an intimate bar space that boasts breathtaking views of the city. Joining in the Halloween festivities Panorama: Riverside Lounge is holding a Freaky Free Flow Friday on the 21st and 28th of October!
Freak Free Flow Friday[caption id="attachment_16663" align="alignnone" width="683"] Freaky Free Flow Fridays[/caption]
Look out for their virtual reality spookfest! Not for the faint of heart, if you can survive through 8 minutes of scares you can get your hands on a $10 dining voucher for Pasta Fresca Da Salvator![caption id="attachment_16665" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Freaky Free Flow Fridays Tasting Menu[/caption]
If you’re not keen on getting spooked, don’t fret! Panorama: Riverside Lounge is offering free flows of Italian wine which you can enjoy alongside their tasting menu! Priced at $39++ per person, Freaky Free Flow Friday features a wide array of cold cuts, gourmet cheeses, breads and pastas the menu changes every week so guests can always look forward to a unique experience every visit![caption id="attachment_16666" align="alignnone" width="930"] Our ambassadors at Freaky Free Flow Friday[/caption]
Our ambassadors Vanessa Ho and Stephanie Ler were at Panorama: Riverside Lounge to experience Freaky Free Flow Friday for themselves! Giving the virtual reality game a try and sipping on delicately aromatic sparkling wines, Stephanie and Vanessa had a blast at Freaky Free Flow Friday!
What are you waiting for? Head on down to Freaky Free Flow Friday if you’re looking for an intimate place to kickback and relax after a long week of work!